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The dark knight of IIFLW under-13 - Kashish Jain

by Sagar Shah - 04/01/2019

The under-13 IIFLW is the highest prize money under-13 event in the world of chess. With the first prize of Rs.2,00,000 it has attracted some of the best under-13 players of our country. Two of the favourites of the tournament were Gukesh and V. Pranav. Both of them have been the past winners of the IIFLW Juniors. However, there is one boy from Hadapsar, Pune, who beat both of them rounds four and five of the IIFLW Juniors 2018-19 and that is Kashish Jain. In this article we tell you all about this young emerging talent and analyze both of his victories against Gukesh and Pranav. There have been some amazing games in the 2100+ open section as well, with great tactics and combinations. We present them to you as well.

When the IIFLW Juniors (under-13) began, everyone thought that D. Gukesh would be the favourite to win the title. The boy had a published rating of 2466 (and two GM norms). His live rating before the event was 2497. By winning the first two rounds in the IIFLW Juniors and the first round in the IIFLW open, he even crossed the live rating of 2500! Also, Gukesh was the defending champion, so all the cards seemed to be in his favour for winning the tournament. He began with 4.0/4 and in the fifth round was paired against Kashish Jain.

Kashish Jain versus Gukesh. No one really gave Kashish any chances against Gukesh, after all there was a rating difference of over 600 Elo points! | Photo: Vijay Mahajan

Kashish opened the game with 1.Nf3 and kept making solid and strong moves. He had an ideal English setup with queenside pressure. In the middlegame both players manoeuvered their pieces around, and in such a situation it is usually the higher rated player who comes out on top. But in this particular case Kashish held his own in great style. He made no mistakes and Gukesh was the first one to blink. It was all that the Pune lad needed. He finished off his strong opponent in great style. Have a look at the game and be amazed by Kashish's masterful play.

People often say that Indians are under-rated. Kashish is a prime example of that fact! He is rated 1853, but as could be seen from his game he is much stronger, maybe even close to 2200 strength | Photo: Vijay Mahajan

In the fourth round Kashish had beaten V. Pranav, another big talent from our country. Let's have a look as to how that game went.

Pranav V - Kashish Jain

When a player makes a move like ....f5, you know that he is talented

"Kashish is a very hard working player and his strength lies in calculation," says IM Shashikant Kutwal, who has been Kashish's coach for over three years now. "Kashish had always shown great promise, but the intensity of his work has increased in the last few months and the results are now showing. I must add that one of the major ingredients of Kashish's success is the support of his parents. They are single-mindedly dedicated towards their son making it big in the world of chess," adds Shashikant.

Complete support from his parents - Kashish (left) with his father Manoj Jain | Photo: Manoj Jain

Another key factor in the rise of Kashish's performance is the support offered by his school - Greenwoods School in Hadapsar. The boy only attends school for one day a week. The rest of the days are spent in practicing chess. Greenwoods school supports not just Kashish but a few more players who are promising and working hard in different sports.


In the sixth round Kashish takes on Aaryan Varshney and this will be a great game to follow.

Aaryan Varshney is currently on 100% score with 5.0/5 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Srihari LR is also on 5.0/5 | Photo: ChessBase India Archives

The fourth player on 5.0/5 is Nikhil Maghizan  | Photo: Vijay Mahajan

Live games begin at 9.30 a.m. IST and can be followed here

Standings after round 5:

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
114Jain Kashish ManojIND18535,00,014,517,017,005
22FMSrihari L RIND23165,00,014,017,017,005
34FMAaryan VarshneyIND22005,00,014,016,516,505
46CMNikhil MagizhnanIND21485,00,013,515,515,505
58Manish Anto Cristiano FIND20654,50,013,015,513,754
623Devesh Anand NaikIND17634,50,012,014,513,754
729AFMPawar HarshitIND16714,50,011,514,013,254
810Manish Kumar (2006)IND19274,50,011,013,011,504
91IMGukesh DIND24664,00,015,517,512,504
1089Vivaan Vijay SaraogiU07IND12904,00,015,517,512,004

Above 2100+ GM section:

Sandipan Chanda has showcased some powerful chess and is one of the joint leaders at the tournament  | Photo: Vijay Mahajan

Let's have a look at Sandipan's fifth round win over Ziaur Rahman. I particularly liked how he increased the speed of his play in middlegame with the move c6!

He might be afraid of contracting some air borne infection and taking precautions, but over the board Tran Tuan Minh is showing no real caution! | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Tran Tuan Minh is the other joint leader of the event along with Sandipan Chanda on 4.5/5. He recently won the Bhopal GM Open 2018 and is currently the man to beat. In the fifth round he showed some fine tactical skills to beat Nubairshah Shaikh.

Nubairshah Shaikh vs Tran Tuan Minh

The position is quite normal, but the Vietnam GM unleashes a strong move here! Can you spot it.

...Nxe3! was played by Minh. The idea is that if you recapture fxe3, then ...Qg5! is extremely strong, attacking the pawn on e3 as well as g2. White didn't go for it, but was already a pawn down and soon lost the game.

Visakh has been the winner of IIFLW Mumbai in 2016-17. He will be looking to repeat that. As of now things are going well for him and he is on 4.5/5 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Saurabh Anand is showcasing some strong play and with 3.5/5 has already beaten GM R.R. Laxman and GM Sundararajan Kidambi | Photo: Niklesh Jain

The finish of Saurabh Anand's game against Kidambi is quite nice:

Ritviz Parab from Goa is on 4.0/5 and beat Sayantan Das in round five. He is on track for an IM norm | Photo: Amruta Mokal

13-year-old Balasubramaniam is on 3.5/5 and is already gaining 62 Elo points. He drew with GM Ziaur Rahman and has already beaten Maxim Lugovskoy and Nguyen Van Huy  | Photo: Vijay Mahajan

The deadly duo - Aditya Mittal and his mother Kusum. Aditya is unbeaten at the event and with 3.5/5 has already beaten Andrei Deviatkin and drawn with Rishi Sardana and Gukesh  | Photo: Vijay Mahajan

The boy is making it big - Harshavardhan GB is on 3.5/5 and has already beaten GM Attila Czebe and Dushyant Sharma  | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Standings after round 5

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
GMChanda SandipanIND25554,50,014,015,513,254
GMTran Tuan MinhVIE25244,50,013,015,514,504
IMVisakh N RIND24914,50,012,013,511,754
IMMuthaiah AlIND24084,00,013,516,012,253
IMSardana RishiAUS23984,00,012,514,511,003
GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.IND25504,00,012,014,511,253
IMShyaamnikhil PIND24484,00,011,513,510,503
Ritviz ParabIND23384,00,011,513,510,004
IMRathnakaran K.IND23664,00,011,013,010,504
GMAleksandrov AleksejBLR25903,50,015,518,012,252
Balasubramaniam HIND22703,50,015,015,59,253
GMRahman ZiaurBAN24683,50,014,517,010,753
CMAditya MittalIND22513,50,014,014,59,252
IMMohammad Nubairshah ShaikhIND24373,50,013,515,59,503
Harshavardhan G BIND21633,50,013,015,09,752
IMTran Minh ThangVIE23423,50,013,014,59,253
IMKhusenkhojaev MuhammadTJK24553,50,012,514,09,002
Sammed Jaykumar SheteIND23783,50,012,514,07,753
Saurabh AnandIND22463,50,012,513,07,753
IMGukesh DIND24663,50,012,014,59,753

Live games begin at 3.30 p.m. IST. Watch them live here

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